What future journalists need to know Reply


What’s journalism’s future? Does it have a future at all?

For the last four days, a very mixed bag of veteran journos, aspiring freelancers, impoverished writers, students, film makers, trouble makers and even the odd academic have been meeting at the Storyology conference in Sydney, trying to work out where journalism is heading. Talk was seasoned by the knowledge that even some of the more famous, who came along to chair sessions, had recently found themselves going nowhere; redundant as a digital tsunami rolled through their mainstream media. So much of the conference buzz was really about “How do I make a living?”, in a world where tech nerd start ups  were eclipsing century old newspaper mastheads.

They were told to learn, evolve and take control.


Self censorship in Thailand Reply

GQ-Thailand-James-Jirayu-December-2014-CoverThailand’s media may look modern and espouse free speech but its hedged by self censorship and hemmed by traditional values. Vorani Vanijaka, the Editor of Thailand’s GQ, is keenly aware of the contradictions.

He’s a former political commentator, who has managed to offend many of Thailand’s elite. “You can criticise anyone from the Prime Minister down, which is something you can’t do in most southeast Asian countries” he said. Thailand boasted of a sophisticated and pervasive media, including the million circulation Thai Rath newspaper, national television networks and  hundreds of radio stations.

But there were unstated limits on what Thai journalists reported.


Treading on the toes of the powerful Reply

cobrapostInvestigative journalism takes money, time and skill. If you listened to your accountant, you would never do it.
Aniruddah Bahal is the founder and editor in chief of CobraPost, a non profit Indian Investigative journalism website. He was in Sydney to speak at the Storyology conference organised by the Walkley Foundation.

We try to expose stories about political corruption and religious misconduct. We want to bring accountability in our system and deepen democracy. In India, we have a lot of wasteful spending. If we can do stories pulling up organisations or people for having misspent resources, we can go a long way benefiting the Indian economy.


Keeping investigative journalism alive Reply

183159_184381971605246_4101404_nJournalism is society’s disinfectant, according to Kevin Davis. Davis describes himself as a former entertainment journalist who found his old job neither entertaining nor newsworthy. “If we are to remain a free people, then we [journalists] must keep power at bay,” he said.

“We do the sort of accountability journalism the commercials aren’t interested in,” Davis said. More…

An open letter to the Vice Chancellor of Deakin University, Professor Jane den Hollander Reply

Martin Hirst

Martin Hirst

Dear Professor den Hollander,

Let me introduce myself.

I have been a journalism Professor for fourteen years and a journalist for more than forty. In that time, I have reported and researched east and southeast Asia where freedom of speech is not considered a given, but is regularly contested by journalists seeking to widen it and authorities who may find its use uncomfortable.

Its an issue dear to me and many of my Asian colleagues some of whom have faced intimidation, beatings, imprisonment, and on occasion assassination. More…

Television News Clichés Reply

a9b7453d1ba06933f33162ea1e1218c1Television news cliches give the ABC’s Alan Sunderland a nervous twitch.

Sunderland, ABC News head of policy, is upset about  “those annoying clichés that infect our work”.

You know what I’m talking about. We’ve all been guilty of it at one time or another.

So I’m taking a stand. Or to be more accurate, I’m making a list.

It’s a list of things I never want to see or hear again. They were bearable the first 7,648 times. Now it’s over. More…

A requiem for quality journalism 1

Warwick Fairfax meets the press

Warwick Fairfax meets the press

Fairfax Media spiraled into decline as a series of Boards of  Directors misunderstood or just ignored technological changes, as they maneuvered  for perceived political and commercial influence. The cost cutting, centralisation and redundancies which resulted from  this decline, may have saved money but they also squandered the news group’s intangible but critical  advantages. It seemed that the Boards didn’t really know what made Fairfax unique.


Newsgathering with Tweetdeck Reply

tweetdeckHow do you ensure accuracy with speed, so that social media driven journalism is credible?

Conciseness, the ability to summarise complex stories in the 140 characters demanded by microblogs such as Twitter, should already be a given.

However,  some twitterati  often appear to be unconcerned whether the information they distribute is correct, coherent or even recent.